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    Quote Originally Posted by pianozach View Post
    Yesterday we had a short power failure, facebook crashed for most of the day, the cable was out in the morning, and we had a glitch in out internet that caused a reboot.

    The most annoying part of this is that when the power goes out it causes the cable box to reboot, which can take up to five minutes.

    Last night we had unexpected East Coast-type thunderstorm, thunder, lightning, wind, but just sparse rain. Weird.
    Friends of mine live in San Diego and had seven lightening strikes virtually circle their house. Freaked their dogs out. They lost power too.

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    This autumn since september really got me in a bad place...Sure, not lackin in resources yet, but memories, dreams and days are coloured by black and purple...
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    Getting the last possible drops of sauce etc. from bottles and jars - my tip is to always try and stand them upside-down right from the beginning, even if they aren't designed for it. Obviously the more viscous the substance, the less chance of getting the absolute last bit out anyway.

    Last bit of toothpaste - taking the plastic bit off the front and pinch-coiling the tube up from the back works for me.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamme View Post
    This autumn since september really got me in a bad place...Sure, not lackin in resources yet, but memories, dreams and days are coloured by black and purple...
    That is too bad and I hope it doesn't last. The change of seasons affects me too, some years more than others.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Knox View Post
    That is too bad and I hope it doesn't last. The change of seasons affects me too, some years more than others.
    Yes, by the time December rolls around I realize I should've been concerned about SAD. So then I go out whenever the sun is shining and try to soak up the light. It really does work, but it takes about 36 hours to feel better, so with the delayed reaction it's difficult to convince people.

    Up there were you live the radius of the earth is so short that the vorticity is mostly always sufficient to form cloudiness. So when the sun is shining people need to get out there. Or they could buy the light lamp solution..

    Researchers say that it's nature's way of curtailing our activities and slowing us down, because of the scarcity of food in the cold season.
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    The rain falls for 48 hours straight...I hate buses and cars and go everywhere by bike...So Im kinda stuck in the house...Which is not a bad thing because I have days off...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flamme View Post
    The rain falls for 48 hours straight...I hate buses and cars and go everywhere by bike...So Im kinda stuck in the house...Which is not a bad thing because I have days off...
    Here in Albuquerque, it hardly ever rains for 48 minutes straight; 4 minutes tends to be the upper limit.

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    We had so much rain that I had mushrooms all over my yard, big ones, 4-5 inches wide. By the time I pulled them some were turning to nasty jell-like mush. I filled a bucket ten times, dumping them in a garbage can, which then was so heavy that I hated to put it to the road, Worse, if they sit in the garbage can a few days they go more watery mush, and much bad stink. Then I pull the can to the road and it leaves a trail of brownish stinking liquid down the driveway. Ugh!
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    So after 3.5 years I finally found a reasonable deal on the last opera to complete my favorite historic Wagner Ring. I paid $40 for it in Like New condition but the post office gave it a nasty blow, shattering the case and cracking disk two, two centimeters into the edge so it will not rip or play the last track. Definitely going back to the seller. It was not bubble packed, but wrapped in thin cardboard and a flexible plastic mailer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    So after 3.5 years I finally found a reasonable deal on the last opera to complete my favorite historic Wagner Ring. I paid $40 for it in Like New condition but the post office gave it a nasty blow, shattering the case and cracking disk two, two centimeters into the edge so it will not rip or play the last track. Definitely going back to the seller. It was not bubble packed, but wrapped in thin cardboard and a flexible plastic mailer.
    The seller was remiss (would it have been too much trouble to write FRAGILE on the packaging if it was not fit for purpose?), but it also sounds like the PO couldn't have made a better job of messing up your treat even if they'd made an intentional attempt - I sometimes wonder if some mail handling personnel have claw hammers or tyre wrenches instead of hands.
    '...a violator of his word, a libertine over head and ears in debt and disgrace, a despiser of domestic ties, the companion of gamblers and demireps, a man who has just closed half a century without a single claim on the gratitude of his country or the respect of posterity...' - Leigh Hunt on the Prince Regent (later George IV).

    ὃν οἱ θεοὶ φιλοῦσιν ἀποθνῄσκει νέος [Those whom the gods love die young] - Menander

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    Quote Originally Posted by elgars ghost View Post
    The seller was remiss (would it have been too much trouble to write FRAGILE on the packaging if it was not fit for purpose?), but it also sounds like the PO couldn't have made a better job of messing up your treat even if they'd made an intentional attempt - I sometimes wonder if some mail handling personnel have claw hammers or tyre wrenches instead of hands.
    I figure it must have been standing upright beween two other packages that were just a tad shorter, then some lug slammed a heavy package on the stack and kaaarrrrraaaacccckkkk goes the cheesy jewel case. Jewel cases are so fragile they can almost break just looking at them the wrong way. Still, some bubble pack would be nice. Seller said how about a $10 refund. I must be nuts but told him I would take a $20 refund (only because I really want the set, and can work with the one bad track as I have downloaded copy) else it is a return. We'll see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SixFootScowl View Post
    So after 3.5 years I finally found a reasonable deal on the last opera to complete my favorite historic Wagner Ring. I paid $40 for it in Like New condition but the post office gave it a nasty blow, shattering the case and cracking disk two, two centimeters into the edge so it will not rip or play the last track. Definitely going back to the seller. It was not bubble packed, but wrapped in thin cardboard and a flexible plastic mailer.
    My wife ordered a set of books from a 3rd party seller, and they arrived today. They'd been shipped in a large bubble wrap lined envelope (pouch?), which looked pretty seriously mashed up. Several rips and tears in the packaging, and slightly open.

    It was so bad that she videotaped and photographed the shipment prior to opening it in case she needed to ask for a refund.

    As it turns out that although the outer paper was ripped up, the bubble wrap held nicely, and the books were undamaged.

    She paid $15 for the books plus a first timer $10 coupon from the host company that lists the products and sellers. The seller also threw in free shipping, which as it turns out, was over $31, meaning the seller lost money on the transaction.

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    If there's a person or place that does a job properly cling to it, because there are so many that don't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Knox View Post
    If there's a person or place that does a job properly cling to it, because there are so many that don't.
    amen. I get the feeling nobody gives a toss anymore about standards of service or professional pride etc. etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeh375 View Post
    amen. I get the feeling nobody gives a toss anymore about standards of service or professional pride etc. etc.
    I've gotten to know a retired renovator and handyman who lives nearby. He keeps pointing out to me the slapdash repairs being done on houses, some of which are selling for over 1 million dollars.

    One thing about classical music is that we are thorough and take pride in presenting the work as a whole, not neglecting this or that aspect just to save time and trouble. When I was teaching piano, parents would almost always say they appreciated that their children were learning to stick at what they were doing, and not throw in the towel till they got it right. I do recognize that particularly at the advanced level, we need to be careful that perfectionism and obsessional behaviour don't settle in.
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